Admissions, Application and Selection Procedure
This procedure describes the process used by Australian College of Sport (ACS) for student selection and recognises the principles of fair treatment and equal benefits and opportunities as noted in Schedule 1A of the Higher Education Support Act (HESA) and the assistance provided by our organisation to all persons seeking to enrol in ACS education programs. This procedure related to domestic students enrolling in a VET FEE-HELP enabled course.
Requirement to Make an Application for Admission
Before enrolling in an ACS course of study, a person must make an application by completing ACS’s application form to be admitted into that course of study. This requirement does not apply to re-enrolling students, or students re-enrolling after an approved leave of absence.
Eligibility for Admission
Only eligible applicants can be admitted into a VET program of study with ACS.
Eligibility may be conditional upon:
- Providing evidence of completion of Year 12 or displays competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy*
- Providing evidence of nominated sport playing history
- Providing evidence of nominated sport competition results
- Providing details of nominated sport experience and any coaching history
- Providing nominated sport or character references
ACS’s Executive Training Committee is responsible for assessing all applications. Eligibility for admission is considered separately from selection. That is, an eligible applicant is not automatically guaranteed a place in any ACS course. The Executive Training Committee may refuse admission or disqualify an applicant, should the applicant provide any information that is false or misleading, or not meet the specified conditions.
*ACS utilises the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) as the Exit Level 3 assessment tool and requires that the process be conducted with honesty and integrity.
Selection of Applicants into a Course of Study
Eligible applications are selected from meeting the eligibility criteria as detailed above.
Notwithstanding the criteria above, in granting admission ACS may take into account any special circumstances that may have educationally disadvantaged a particular applicant provided such a decision is:
- supported, where applicable, by documentary evidence; and
- made in consultation with the Executive Training Committee
Admission into a Course of Study
Provided an applicant has fulfilled the requirements of eligibility, an applicant will be made a formal offer in writing before being admitted into a course. Offers shall only be made by the Office Manager or as prescribed by the Chief Executive Officer. ACS can refuse or revoke an applicant's admission into a course of study if the applicant provides any information that is false or misleading.
Enrolment and Payment Procedures
Upon acceptance of the formal offer by ACS, the applicant will be provided with an Enrolment Form to complete. At this time, the relevant policies and procedures that the applicant must be aware of, and acknowledged, prior to enrolment, will be provided and explained to the applicant.
Payment options available to domestic students are also provided.
Full fee-paying students enrolled in an eligible VET course of study at ACS have two choices when paying their tuition fees. They can either
- pay some or all of their tuition fees up-front; or
- submit a Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form (on or before the census date of the first unit(s) for which they wish to access VET FEE-HELP assistance) to defer their tuition fees through VET FEE-HELP
An applicant can submit a Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form and still choose to pay tuition fees up-front.
In accordance with Higher Education Support Act (HESA), the student is entitled to access VET FEE-HELP assistance studying at an approved provider must be treated equally. This is regardless of whether the student pays tuition fees up-front or defers tuition fees through VET FEE-HELP. ACS does not set a separate date for students to pay their tuition fees and a separate date for students to submit their Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form. Eligible students are given the same date (normally the census date) to make the choice whether to pay their tuition fees up-front or defer their tuition fees through VET FEE-HELP.
On the Enrolment Form, the student will be asked to nominate whether they wish to apply for VET FEE-HELP assistance for their tuition fees. If the student has nominated this option, a Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form will be forwarded to the student for completion, along with an information booklet containing detailed information about VET FEE-HELP.
If the student does not wish to take the VET FEE-HELP assistance option, and wishes to pay tuition fees upfront, an invoice will be raised and forwarded to the student.